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puter laboratory fee, which include levels one, two, three and a non-computer lab fee. “The different levels reflect the amount of classroom time that uses the computer lab,” said Linda Lucas, bursar, in an email interview, “A level 3 class uses the lab more than a level 1 class. The remaining lab fee is assessed when classes do not use a computer lab but the class requires a lab fee.” However, the computer laboratory fee does not pay for open computer labs. Computer labs and other technology-based services are paid for by the technology fee. Services include Onestart, Oncourse, student email accounts, pre-determined printing via GoPrint, and internet access on campus which includes wireless access and the availability of free and low-cost software, said Lucas. The amount of the technology fee is based on how many credit hours a student is taking per semester.
Every semester you pay the school. You pay to park, to have access to the Student Activities Center (SAC) and to attend classes. By the time you get the final bill it can be in the thousands. If you have ever looked closely at your bill you might have wondered what exactly you are paying for. Some of the fees are self-explanatory. Like the parking fee which you pay in order to be able to park on university property. But some fees like the lab fee and activity fee are not so self-explanatory. “They’re [lab fees] usually course specific,” said Bill O’Donnell, vice chancellor of fiscal affairs, “If it’s an art class and they have a lab fee it’s because they are providing paint or brushes or paper or something. There should be a direct supply or something provided to the student for that course.” There are four levels to a com-
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Fees Students Pay Fee Amount
Description Tuition (per credit hour)
Student Activity Fee (6 credit hours or more)
Technology Fees (6 hours or more)
Parking (per credit hour, capped at $85.50)
There are additional program fees for students are enrolled in the health sciences, business, and education.
Another fee that is based on enrolled credit hours is the student activity fee (SAF). It is up to the budget committee to distribute the moneys students pay. The committee is provided with enrollment projections for the next year and how much money they are expected to get. The departments requesting funds then propose a budget to
the committee. “We stick to things that directly affect students,” said Zach Duncan, Student Government Association (SGA) treasurer. The SAF also goes to pay for maintenance of the SAC. This includes maintenance of the weight room and equipment and see FEES page 5
FSU pickets Women’s Expo By REBECCA GIBSON Staff Writer
Crowds of attendees and vendors did not deter members of the IU South Bend community and their friends from picketing the Women’s Expo held at South Bend’s Century Center on March 12. Partially supported by Dr. April Lidinsky of the university’s women and gender studies department, over a dozen people turned out to protest. Noel Ullery, a junior in the women and gender studies major and member of IUSB’s Feminist
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Student Union quickly organized a group to protest both the Expo’s choice of guest speaker, and the Expo itself, which opened with a Botox party. Sporting a sign reading “Brains not Botox,” Lidinsky assisted the preparation done by the protestors at the local South Bend Chocolate Café. Fellow women and gender studies major and FSU member Maureen Pickar, a junior at IUSB, publicized the event on Facebook with a message to group members inviting them to bring friends and family.
“We are protesting our disgust with the event which [is] sending the message that women are nothing more than consumeristic, narcissistic, self-serving, product mongers,” said Pickar. “Come do feminism,” said Ullery in her appeal. This method of ‘doing feminism’ is important, according to Ullery, Pickar and Lidinsky, to bring awareness to the fact that events like the Expo—with its emphasis on beauty products, food, and the headlining speaker national reality star Kate Gosselin—ignore real beauty and
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important feminist efforts in the community. While Gosselin, erstwhile focus of the reality TV show Jon and Kate Plus Eight, was not targeted by the picketing, opinions were expressed that she does not represent what the women of the Michiana area see as their ideal, and that Memorial Hospital may do better next year to look closer to home for an inspirational speaker. The protestors donated items to the food collection at the Century Center, according to Lidinsky.
By a vote of 219-212, the Democrat-controlled Congress passed legislation on Sunday night that will overhaul America’s health care. The historic bill will extend health-care to millions of uninsured Americans and will also crack down on abuses by the insurance companies. The bill was largely viewed as dead after the election of Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts in a special senatorial election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. But a push in February to renew the reform bill lead to weeks of debate and closed door meetings with Democratic congressional members. The vote was preceded by hours of debate that saw pleas from both sides of the aisle. Several Democrats called passage on the measure of civil rights and liberty. House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio called the bill a failure of Congress to listen to the American people and fiscally irresponsible. The passage also comes on the heels of thousands protestors outside the Capitol chanting “kill the bill” and a recent Rasmussen poll stating that 54% of the American public didn’t want the bill. Representative Joe Donnelly joined with fellow pro-life Democrats to push the bill over the needed 216 mark after assurances from White House that President Obama would draft and sign an executive order prohibiting the use of federal funds for abortions. Donnelly represents the Second District in Indiana. The Senate version of the bill did not contain strong enough language and was viewed as an obstacle to gain enough votes to pass the bill in House. The House also approved the reconciliation bill. The Senate will take up that bill for debate.
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“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” — Sitting Bull
Manners and Mannerisms: Sssshhh! By REBECCA GIBSON Staff Writer
With midterms passed and spring break over, IU South Bend turns to the big ramp up to finals. May is so close, we can almost touch it. Spring is in the air, the birds are out and young peoples’ fancies turn to thoughts of love and final papers. However, it has always been my experience that one cannot think of love and final papers at the same time, and that if one is in the library it is better to be thinking of the paper than of the sweetheart. Which is why in this springtime, it is time also to put some attention toward library etiquette.
Firstly, we should always respect the study habits of other students by being quiet (sssshhhh). If MP3 players are worn in the library, ask a friend if they can hear your music from a few feet away when you have your earbuds in. If they can, you will not only be killing your hearing, but disturbing those around you trying to study. This rule goes to other distractions and disturbances as well. Voices should be kept low, and study groups which could be loud due to the number of people involved should meet elsewhere on campus. Also, even though the stairway is one of the least used on campus, it should not be used to chase each other up and down
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the stairs, giggling, no matter how tempting. It has a tendency to echo. Also, if one needs to take one’s children to campus, if they are in the library it is a parent’s responsibility to make sure they are supervised and kept as quiet as possible. Of course, it is impossible to silence children of a certain age, yet effort should be made so that they are not disturbing those studying around them. Secondly, the library’s computers should be used only for studying, and for looking up library resources. There are so few of them that egregious use of them for Facebooking and solitaire is just offensive to those who actually need to use them.
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Thirdly, since the library has opened up a small café, drinks should be consumed safely and considerately with regard to library materials. Spilled drinks can make books sticky, or even ruin them beyond repair, costing the library for their replacement. They can also ruin computer equipment. Anything spilled should immediately be both cleaned up, and reported to library staff so that any damaged items can be dealt with. The library should be a place where we can go to peacefully study and with everyone’s cooperation can be made so easily. Happy studying.
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Two students receive Presidential scholarships By ERIKA BLUME Staff Writer
The Presidential scholarship winners have been announced. Maribel Navarrete of South Bend and Leah Myer of Goshen were announced as winners of the scholarship. The Herbert scholarships are given to entering freshman nominated by the campus. According to the IUSB website, this scholarship is a four year renewable scholarship and includes a laptop computer and funding for one study abroad in the junior or senior year. Navarrete was very excited when she found out she won. “I found out through a letter that was sent to my house around second semester of senior year in high school,” she said. “At first I did not know exactly what it was. I thought it was just a letter saying I was eligible for the scholarship, not that I had already been given it. It came as a big surprise to my family and me.”
Navarrete found out about the scholarships offered at IUSB through Cynthia Murphy-Wardlow. “She helped me see the options available out there and I am very grateful for that,” said Navarrete. With the scholarship money, Navarrete plans to pursue a Biology degree and attend graduate school where she will focus on veterinary medicine. Navarrete is very grateful and excited about the opportunities having received this scholarship has given her. “I also feel very honored for receiving such a great scholarship,” she said, “without this scholarship I probably wouldn’t have been able to go to school.” Navarrete would also like to thank the people who nominated her and helped her with the transition into college. She celebrated winning with a family dinner at her house. Myer could not be reached for comment.
Marx book selected for One Book, One Campus By JEFF TATAY Staff Writer
IU South Bend’s annual One Book, One Campus (OBOC) theme has been determined for the 2010-2011 year. The winner, by popular vote, is Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto. The Manifesto has often been regarded as one of the most influential political writings in history. Marx’s The Manifesto criticizes the stability of capitalism and theorizes communism and the goals of the communist movement. Marx suggests that a revolution is required in order to eliminate class struggle and move toward a communist government. Student Government Association senator and undergraduate Jake Jones nominated the book, and it was then selected by a campus wide vote that takes place every year during the spring semester. Jones is the first student at IUSB to make a winning nomination for OBOC.
On the 9: Chicory Cafe By MEAGEN THOMPSON Managing Editor
You don’t have to be stuck at school for lunch. There are options available that are within walking or a short bus ride. For your first On the 9 adventure, allow yourself 65 minutes and head out on the bus towards downtown South Bend at either 25 minutes after or five minutes ‘til the hour. Catch the bus across on Mishawaka Avenue in the bus shelter across from campus. You’re going to the Chicory Cafe on the corner of Michigan and West Jefferson. It’s an upbeat little place w i t h the theme of a New Orleans French Quarter coffee house. You can tell the driver you want to get off at Michigan and Wayne. Or if you are familiar with South Bend, pull the signal rope for a stop as soon as the bus crosses South St. Joseph Street. From here head north, the direction you will be pointed when you step off the bus if you don’t turn and just keep walking. Walk one block and cross the street. Chicory will be immediately on your right. Get ready to step out of South Bend and into the Big
Chicory Cafe Information 105 E. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 103, 234-1141 www.chicorycafe.net (full menu here) M-F 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Easy. The strength of Chicory is its atmosphere and its olive salad, a combination of kalamatas and green olives, capers, celery, carrots and spices. When served over the spring mix salad, which comes with garbanzo beans, mushrooms and sliced tomatoes, it really sings. Try it alone or in the combo lunch special with a cup of the soup of the day. Combos start at $5.19 plus tax, but can cost more for extras. Or try a side of hummus with vegetables, a cup of soup, and an order of beignets -pronounced ben-yayssmall puff pastries served hot and covered in powdered sugar. In the real New Orleans, they’re a must for every visitor. Enjoy the music reminiscent of live Jazz Fest performances, write on the giant fleur-de-lis chalkboard painted on the wall, and if you want to splurge try a specialty coffee, a bakery item, gelato or sorbet. To get back to IUSB, head south on Michigan, toward the
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State Theater. Cross Wayne Street and head east (turn left). Cross St. Joseph, and wait at the bench for the 9. Allow five minutes for the walk, more or less depending on your speed. Be there at 21 minutes after the hour or nine minutes ‘til the hour, as the 9 leaves the nearby TRANSPO South Street Station at 20 minutes after and 10 minutes ‘til the hour. Be sure to pull the signal rope for the bus to stop as it approaches IUSB.
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“My suggestion of The Manifesto was not symbolic of the endorsement by this campus of an idea but the understanding and questioning of many ideas,” said Jones. The word “communist” may still seem like a threat to capitalist America, even in the current post-Cold War era. Over time, the word has taken on a negative connotation and is often misunderstood. “People think that communism is a despotic alternative to see ONE BOOK page 8
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By TERRIE PHILLIPS Staff Writer
Students were given the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns to Dean Marvin Curtis of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts on March 10. Topics discussed included programs, advising, parking and new faculty due to start in the fall semester of 2010. Renovations to the east lounge located next to the campus auditorium are almost done, said Curtis. He also wants to encourage and remind students to keep this space clean. The idea for the space is to be a student lounge and a place for receptions after performances. The cost to renovate this lounge was almost $50,000. This does not include labor costs which was done by the maintenance staff of Carl De Bruyn, said Curtis in an email interview. The lounge will also have new furniture which cost about $25,000. “The school spent a lot of money to redo that place,” said Curtis, “We will have the only nice space like that.” Curtis hopes to start renovations in the Informatics Lounge, which is located on the other side of the auditorium next to the courtyard, this summer. The es-
timated cost of this renovation is about $150,000. For both spaces as well as the entire building, Curtis encourages all students to respect the spaces provided to them and take care of them. “It’s our job to keep it [the student lounges] looking like it’s supposed to,” said Curtis. Another issue brought up was academic advising. Curtis wants to remind students to sign up for advising as it starts March 22 and ends April 9. “Do it now. You don’t get billed till August,” said Curtis. “Applications for next year are up 40%. Don’t wait till the last minute to get stuff done.” Parking was another issue brought up by students. Curtis suggests getting to school early to ensure you get a parking spot. Curtis wants students to check their IUSB email everyday. “Do not have your email forwarded to your private email,” said Curtis, “We [university] only use IUSB.” He warned students that having email forwarded could cause some emails to get lost. Curtis also announced that there will be seven new faculty members next fall. Two in music and communications, one in dance and art and Curtis hopes
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Dean Curtis talks with students during the “Chat with the Dean” session held March 10 in Northside Hall.
there will be a new associate dean. Some students also expressed concern about the maintenance of the pianos. “We have no money for maintenance,” said Curtis. However, the pianos are tuned regularly. The school of the arts pays $20,000 to tune and maintain the instruments the school of arts has now. Curtis is currently working with the university to get more money for maintenance. It cur-
rently costs about $400,000 to fix and bring all the pianos to working order. “We have replaced some of the older pianos with new studio model,” said Curtis. “We have moved pianos around now so that every practice room has a baby grand in it. We need to find a way to perform maintenance such as regulation and repair and that is one of my tasks that I hope to accomplish.” Some students are concerned with the lack of male interest in
some of the programs, especially to perform Opera. Curtis associated the problem to recruitment. “We’re beginning to grow,” said Curtis, “We have to grow [in order to get more interest] and that comes from recruiting.” The best way to recruit is through the students, said Curtis. Students from all majors can participate in the school choir, theatre, dance and other arts programs. Curtis wants to remind stusee CURTIS page 5
Campus involvement offers a connection outside the classroom By APRIL BUCK Staff Writer
You might be passing up on an opportunity to expand your education and bolster your resume though extracurricular activities. Most colleges and universities in the United States are dedicated to a holistic approach to educating students. The underlying idea is to develop the whole student. Extracurricular activities are a key tool in accomplishing this goal, and at providing entertainment, social interaction, and enjoyment while giving students the chance to gain and improve skills. “Campus involvement connects students in meaningful ways outside of the classroom with faculty, staff, and other students” said Sam Centellas, director of Student Life.
“It creates a will set them sense of com- “When I first started, I apart, helping munity and to ensure future never heard students job success. that helps students be more talking about clubs or “It’s very focused on beneficial organizations in the be involved to their educain classroom,” tion,” he said. campus activi“That way IU ties. I’m graduAngela (Alexy) Santos ating soon, and South Bend is President of Titan Productions the part of their majority entire life, not of my resume just their classfocuses on my room learning.” campus involvement and my Involvement beyond the classachievements through organizaroom allows students to develop tions” said Angela (Alexy) Sanskills specific to their intended tos. career. Santos is president of two By participating in extracurclubs, the Debate Club and Titan ricular activities, students can Productions, and says she has acimprove leadership and interperquired skills she never dreamed sonal skills while also linking acshe would have. ademic knowledge with practical “I have made countless experience. In addition, students friends, acquired leadership can begin to build a resume that skills, won awards, and learned
how to work with a team,” Santos said. “All these are crucial skills to have when entering the work force and will make you much more confident when interviewing against other recent college graduates.” As a result of the diverse interests of students there is a plethora of activity offerings: social, student government, athletics, academic and professional organizations, and volunteer or service related activities. Each offers students the chance to work with others and to gain essential life skills. With all evidence pointing toward the benefits of being involved what is preventing students from taking advantage of these important opportunities? “I believe that most are not involved because students do not understand the value in being
involved in their communities” said Katie Pacely. Senior Troy Bontrager has another reason for not being involved in campus activities. “I am a non-traditional student and honestly don’t have time for campus activities outside of the classroom. I see lots of activities advertised and often wish I could take part in some of the events,” said Bontrager. He also wonders if IUSB being a computer campus also plays a role in some students not getting involved. “I have tried to join several campus clubs but because I have a family I cannot devote the time it takes to be a part of the organizations,” Bontrager said. “I’m not really involved and I don’t really feel like many people are involved” said Holly Fletcher. see INVOLVEMENT page 7
Second annual race for the cure By KENDRA HORSMAN Staff Writer
IU South Bend is searching for participants and volunteers for the Susan G. Komen Northern Indiana Race for the Cure which will be held on Saturday, May 1 in Mishawaka. The event will feature a 5k walk or run to help raise awareness of breast cancer. According to the Susan G. Koman website the first Koman Race was held in Dallas with 800 participants. In 2009 the event reached a global level with more than 120 different race locations and 1.5 million participants. This is the largest race of its kind. It celebrates survivors, honors those who have passed away, and educates everyone about breast cancer. This is an important cause because in 2009 it was estimated there were 192,370 new cases of breast cancer according to the Koman Race website. “This is the first year IUSB has been contacted. We are excited about the possibilities of the race,” said Pam Jarrett, volunteer coordinator. The walk/run is for people of all ages and all fitness levels. It begins and will end at the Mishawaka River Walk. IUSB currently has 123 volunteers to help out with the race. “If people are interested in volunteering, they can go to www.komennorthernindiana.org and click on the volunteer button. It will take them to an online registration for volunteers. There they can choose what kind of volunteer activity they would like to do. The day and times of the volunteer commitment are also listed,” said Jarrett. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt. This is the second year the Northern Indiana region will participate in the event. Last year approximately 1,300 people attended. For more information on how you can help contact Pam Jarrett at pam.jarrett@gmail. com.
Recycle the right way at Tough Stuff By DANI MOLNAR Staff Writer
How many old computers do you have lying around your house? To help get rid of those hard-to-recycle electronics, Tough Stuff Recycling Festival is coming in April. Last year, the Center for Sustainable Future at IU South Bend put on their first Tough Stuff Recycling Fest. “Our event has gotten bigger and better,” event coordinator Carissa Hipsher said. Last year, all of the recruits were volunteers. This year, however, Apple is sponsoring the event and bringing in workers to help out. Their goal is to get people in and out within five minutes. What kinds of things get recycled at Tough Stuff? The event allows a wide range of recyclable things: any type of shoes in good condition, unusable rubber shoes, egg cartons for local farmers, packing peanuts, cell phones, and consumer electronics, the last two being the most prominent. It’s all free of charge to donors. “It can be very hard to get rid of electronics,” Hipsher said. Often times, people simply do not get rid of the electronics be-
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From 2009: Even early in the day a large pile of computer monitors, televisions and other electronics was accumulating at the Tough Stuff Recycling Fest. The cost of recycling all the electronics was covered by Apple computer.
cause they do not know how. “We provide a safe way to get rid of items that can be difficult to get rid of,” Hipsher said. “It is becoming increasing[ly] more common for cities to put ordinances or laws against throwing away
O’Donnell: Parking fee will not be increased this year FEES from page 1 projectors in the meeting rooms. Part of the SAF is put aside for student clubs, said Duncan. “Each club can come to us [SGA] for a certain amount of funding,” said Duncan. A club has to make a request and provide full disclosure of how the money will be used, how it will benefit and be used for IUSB and the students. This past year some of the SAF was spent to bring in more counselors in the Student Counseling Center. There are 12 departments that the SAF funds, including the SGA. Money is determined by using percentage instead of dollars.
“We never cut anybody drastically,” said Duncan. However, last year the SGA cut their own budget by 5%, which was the biggest percentage cut out of all the departments. “All of the Student Activity Fee directly helps students,” said Duncan. Fees like the parking fee are not safe from increases. But fortunately the office of fiscal affairs has proposed few fee increases this year. When there is an increase that increase is then set for two years. “We proposed very few increases,” said O’Donnell, “We will not be increasing the parking fee.”
electronics.” Electronics that are recycled improperly often end up in electronic waste dumps overseas and can be dangerous to the people around them, and the people whose electronics were sent
from page 4 dents that they need to share the practice rooms in NS. The school of the arts replaced the carpets in the practice rooms as well as put new baby grand pianos in them. However, there is no more space to build more practice rooms. “[Students are] going to have to sign up for time in the practice rooms,” said Curtis. In the fall there will be some new faculty additions to the school of the arts. “We have advertised and in the process of hiring two new music teachers, two communication teachers (one assistant professor and one lecturer), an assistant professor of dance, an assistant professor of art education, and a
there. Tough Stuff Recycling sends their collections of electronics to Sims Recycling in Chicago. There, everything is shredded and parts will be separated, ensuring not only that more of it can be recycled for new things, but that the previous owner’s information cannot be extracted. “You have to separate out the materials so that you can reuse them,” Hipsher said. “If anything’s hazardous and can’t be reused, it will be disposed of properly.” Collections for businesses will take place April 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of Ruskin and Esther by IUSB. Businesses must register their electronics prior to the event. Private donations will be April 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and do not require registration. There will be collection tables for items not electronic throughout IUSB campus the week before, but electronics can only be recycled that day. For more information about where recycled items from Tough Stuff Recycling Festival go, visit http://www.iusb.edu/~csfuture/ Fest.shtml.
new associate dean,” said Curtis, “We have interviewed most of the candidates and will be making decisions shortly.” Curtis also announced there is also a call for student art work. The artwork will feature in the school of the arts 2010-2011 print and web publications. Students are encouraged to submit photographs, paintings, drawings, prints, electronic artwork, sculpture, costumes and set designs. Students are asked to provide a high quality digital photograph with the medium, size, title and students name. Deadline for submission is April 19. Submit artwork to Michele Morgan-Dufour in NS 101 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or to contact Dufour call 574-520-4558.
Diversity among IU South Bend’s faculty By APRIL BUCK Staff Writer
Diversity. Depending on the definition you are using, it can mean ethnicity, race, social class, religion, disability, gender, or sexuality. Diversity is an important element on any college campus. It adds a layer of understanding to students’ college careers and broadens their overall experience. In accordance with a state mandate, IU South Bend created a Campus Diversity Committee to address diversity issues on our campus. There are 11 members including six faculty members and one student. They meet quarterly and their meetings are open to the public. The committee is largely charged with addressing climate issues for faculty, staff, and students. They are concerned with mistreatment, discrimination, success in attracting, retaining and graduating students, and keeping on top of any complaints. According to IUSB’s Office of
Campus Diversity website, “Diversity is more than a symbolic gesture. We value and embrace people from all walks of life and are committed to the academic success of each student.” Rebecca Torstrick, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences associate dean and co-chair of IUSB’s Campus Diversity Committee, believes there is a genuine commitment to creating and supporting a diverse campus community at IUSB. “Diversity is really tricky,” said Torstrick. “To achieve an overall balance you have to stay committed and it must be part of your goal.” Deidra Dennie, co-chair of IUSB’s Campus Diversity Committee feels that IUSB has a culturally diverse faculty and student body. “Culture is what shapes and defines you. Everyone is culturally unique in their own way. So when you ask if we are culturally diverse on this campus, I can honestly say yes, but by my definition,” said Dennie. “If you
want to know if we are racially “For example, we have at least and ethnically diverse, then my one person from each continent. I answer would be it depends. Deview this as a very important pends on which race or ethniccontributor to the development of ity you are the students, counting in for making the diversity “Culture is what shapes our campus pool.” and defines you. Every- vibrant, and to provide The Camone is culturally unique different perpus Diversity spectives in in their own way,” Committee is our decisiondedicated to making.” Deidra Dennie, helping ofco-chair of IUSB’s fices across Lee also Campus Diversity Committee hopes there the campus promote and will be more support a resources welcoming environment for undedicated to attracting more inderrepresented students, faculty, ternational and other diversity and staff. students. She would also like to see more resources allocated Monle Lee, chair of marketto IUSB’s existing international ing, advertising, and business student organizations so that law, came to this country in 1978 they can organize better and bigfrom Taiwan. She feels that IUSB ger events like those available at has a good representative faculty. schools like Notre Dame. “Diversity has increased over
the years. Just in the business school, we now have a good proportion of all ethnicities, religions, gender, and nationalities,” said Lee.
Chu He, IUSB English professor, thinks IUSB’s faculty is culturally diverse. She has met many faculty members with international backgrounds from
countries such as Japan, France, India, Africa, and China. “I’m from China. I did my undergraduate and master studies in China and did my doctorate in the States,” He said. “I feel welcome in the IUSB community, and I get a lot of support and help from people around me.” She does indicate that support in navigating unfamiliar territory like US taxes would be helpful. “It would be nice for IUSB to have a tax advisor for international faculty, because filing taxes alone could be extremely difficult to those faculty members since they are not familiar with American tax regulations and various tax treaties between the States and other countries.” She also said that it would also be great if more culturally diversified food could be offered on campus. Alisea McLeod-Williams in the English department feels a little differently about IUSB’S faculty diversity. “There would appear to be see DIVERSITY page 7
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Arts/Entertainment Holocaust Survivors author to speak at IUSB By KRYSTAL VIVIAN Staff Writer
Students and residents of Michiana alike who are interested in what post-Holocaust life was like for survivors are welcome to attend a talk being held at the end of March. Margarete Myers Feinstein will be speaking about her new book, Holocaust Survivors in Postwar Germany 1945-1957.
T h e book discusses how the Jewish displaced persons (DPs) transitioned to life after Myers Feinstein the war ended. Feinstein writes about how the DPs came together and transformed themselves into Zi-
onists proud of being Jewish, despite the Holocaust. Feinstein is currently a research scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles’s Center for the Study of Women. She also taught history at IU South Bend. The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. in DW 1001. There is no admission fee and it is open to the public.
Writer, activist Nikki Giovanni to speak at IUSB, Century Center By KRYSTAL VIVIAN Staff Writer
In preparation of the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center opening in May, writer and activist Nikki Giovanni will be speaking at IU South Bend. This will be the first of many events leading up to the Heritage Center’s opening. Giovanni will discuss anything she feels is on her mind, as well as touching on a few subjects and reading some of her poetry. The Center, which was remodeled from the natatorium on Washington Street in downtown South Bend, will be opening on May 23.
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Giovanni was recently named one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 Living Legends. She has written many books, several that have become bestsellers or have won awards from the NAACP. Her children’s book, entitled Rosa, is about civil rights activist Rosa Parks, and is now a Caldecott Honors book. Giovanni claims that she is proudly a “Black American, a daughter, a mother, and a pro-
fessor English.” She was also dubbed the “Princess of Black Poetry” after publishing her first two poetry books. The talk will be at 11a.m. on Thursday, April 1 and will be folNikki Giovanni lowed by another discussion on the same night at 7:30 in the Discovery Hall at the Century Center. Both events are free, but tickets are required. For ticketing information, call (574) 520-4203.
PAGE 7 University is committed to diverse faculty DIVERSITY from page 6 relatively few people of color among IUSB’s faculty. Certainly, there is minimal representation in the department in which I teach” said McLeod-Williams.”It would appear that efforts to increase diversity among its faculty are perhaps minimal.” McLeod-Williams feels that universities on the whole fail to ensure that people from diverse backgrounds see their experiences represented within the curriculum and other aspects of the college experience. She suggests that literature course selections in a wider variety of cultural backgrounds such as African American Literature, Latino Literature, and Caribbean Literature might help bridge this gap. “The campus is committed to it (diversity), but we can always do better,” said Torstrick. “It isn’t that there is a lack of will.” Achieving campus diversity success requires a continual effort. Plans to ensure and support diversity must be well-crafted, strategic, and integrated. Such plans must engage every level of
the campus and reflect a commitment to action. According to Torstrick, the university can never rest on their laurels and feel they are done, it is an ongoing process and there is always room to for improvement. Torstrick said the university always hires good candidates for open positions. Filling positions with diversity in mind usually just involves expending greater effort in the search, but excellent candidates are still located. Diversityweb.org recommends that colleges and universities take some essential steps to incorporate diversity into their campuses. These steps include examining programs, policies, practices and procedures to determine how they impact the campus and benefit the various populations they are intended to serve and then making the necessary changes to be more effective and inclusive. Achieving a harmoniously diverse campus benefits everyone. It is the responsibility of all to support and maintain a campus community that allows people from all walks of life to thrive.
Student Life wants to hear ideas INVOLVEMENT from page 4 “I’m a junior and I just went to my first Titan Production event this year. When I tell fellow IUSB students that I’m going or that I have went, they have NO idea what I’m talking about. I really just think word of mouth helps out a lot,” Fletcher said. According to Santos, IUSB students are moving toward greater involvement in campus activities. “When I first started, I never heard students talking about clubs or organizations in the classroom,” she said. “During my first year as actual staff with Titan Productions, we’d have events where only four or five people would show up. Things have changed quite a bit over the past two years, and it hasn’t been just the students, but the members of clubs and the work of Sam Centellas.” Santos said that once students get involved, they realize what
they’ve been missing out on and the opportunities that become available to them. She believes the key to getting students excited about programs is understanding what they want and then getting the word out about opportunities for involvement. Centellas said that students are getting more involved, but he still wants to hear from them and to know how they want to be involved and what would get them excited to be involved. “If you have an idea for something you want to see on campus, let the Student Life office know. We want to help. The more students we connect on campus, the stronger our community becomes.” There are many ways to become involved at IU South Bend. Student Life is working hard to find ways to engage all IUSB students. For more information contact Student Life by phone at 520-4587 or by email at sblife@ iusb.edu.
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A new look at local By KRISTINE BAILEY Green Columnist
Things are starting to change. The sun shines warmer, the days are longer, and people start wearing less and walking around campus more. There is more green growing, and more smiling. With spring, a curious sight appears along Mishawaka Avenue. From the neighborhood library to the greenhouses and back again, adults and children pushing wheelbarrows, toting garden tools and bushel baskets, and sporting grubby boots and overalls can all be spotted on a regular basis. They are gardeners, heading to and from a community garden tucked behind the Potawatomi Greenhouse. Most are city dwellers, and most have always lived far from open fields and agriculture. All have the same yearning to be a part of the process that feeds them. They’ve made the choice to change where they go for their food, what to do with their precious spare time, and to associate with temporary strangers to learn to plant, harvest, prepare and consume fresh food. They are radicals, changing the world through their own small revolutionary act of gardening together. In terms of getting a return on their investment, the payoff will be huge for themselves, the com-
munity and the planet. Gardening is good exercise, burning an average of 272 calories per hour, according to caloriecount.about.com. Gardeners talk to other gardeners about, well, gardening – and other things, too. A community is born! Produce is shared among the gardeners, with an extra basket donated to an area service agency twice a week. People helping people helpr to grow a strong, interdependent society. People who know their neighbors are less likely to hurt them or ignore them in times of stress. They tend to watch out for each other and to protect common, shared areas such as the garden. Gathering in open spaces, such as behind the greenhouses, brings new life and new watchful eyes to previously hidden spaces. Safe areas are grown with the food. People walking down the street with baskets full of food give new meaning to the idea of “eating locally.” The food never even gets in a car! Considering that most food on the average Hoosier’s plate will travel at least 1,500 miles, this is revolutionary! The walking gardeners in the IUSB ‘hood are not the only ones in town. There are more than two dozen gardens open to public gardening around South Bend, with more sprouting up all the time. Want to start a revolution? Grow your own!
Maximize Your Green Power: Eat Local Veggies Did you know… Beef requires 35 calories of energy for every one calorie it provides (National Resources Defense Council) To produce one pound of beef requires 2,500 gallons of water. Producing one pound of potatoes requires about 60 gallons (Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 110 (5)). The average distance for locally grown produce to reach markets is 56 miles. The “conventional” distance for produce to reach the same point of sale is 1,494 miles, nearly 27 times further (Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture). The conventional food distribution system uses 4 to 17 times more fuel and emits 5 to 17 times more CO2 than local and regional systems (Worldwatch Institute). Unity Gardens, Inc. Local gardening start up and resource organization supporting South Bend and Michiana. UnityGardensInc.org
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Manifesto explains alternative to capitalism, spark discussions ONE BOOK from page 3 democracy when it is [actually] set up as an alternative to capitalism,” said Jones. “I suspect once those who think they hate communism, after they educate themselves, will find that it isn’t an irrational idea, and also that it is not the immoral despotic system that Stalin and the Soviet Union referred to as communism.” The definitive means by which the university promotes discussion on the Campus Theme is by the use of the OBOC program. The university is in the process of creating the annual Campus Theme for the 2010-2011 academic year, which will serve the purpose of encouraging various disciplines across campus to engage in discussion concerning the text of The Manifesto. “[The Manifesto] is a good book to engage discussion because it makes us ask questions of a system that is universally accepted in this country,” said Jones. “There isn’t any debate among the major political parties
about the merits of capitalism although their should be and that is part of the goal, letting people realize there [is] more than republicans and democrats and that the political spectrum is much wider and offers varied solutions.” Jones suggests that The Manifesto, when applied to academic discussion, transcends the strict confines of a specific discipline. “This book can apply to every discipline on this campus, which is probably why it won,” said Jones. “This is not an issue within a discipline but something that is universally applicable and raises questions that everyone should ask to further their support or loosen their belief in the dominant system.” For more information on The Communist Manifesto and OBOC visit library.iusb.edu/onebook/manifesto.shtml. To get involved with the “One Book, One Campus” program contact Julie Elliott at 520-4410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.